Rochester man accused in fatal Bay State shooting asks for mental health exam

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Charles Demos (Seabrook Police photo)

WOBURN, Mass. - The Rochester man accused of killing a Massachusetts man outside an Everett, Mass., hookah lounge in September has asked for and was granted money to undergo a mental examination from a psychologist or psychiatrist. The funding for the test was one of several requests made by attorneys for Charles Demos during his arraignment on murder charges a week ago.

Demos, 30, of 616 Portland St., Apt. 8, Rochester, N.H., is charged in the late-night fatal shooting of Jarrod Harris, 42, of Everett, during a melee outside the Karma Lounge on Sept. 21.

Demos was arrested on a fugitive from justice charge at his parent's residence in Seabrook, N.H., on Sept. 22, a day after the shooting.

Police say Demos shot Harris twice in the back as he ran from him after the two became involved in an altercation while leaving the Karma Lounge. Harris died at Massachusetts General Hospital soon after the shooting.

Police say the fist and knife fight turned deadly after Demos went to his car, retrieved a gun from his trunk and chased down Harris.

According to Everett police, the preliminary investigation shows Harris was leaving Karma Lounge with a woman when a physical altercation occurred involving the couple, Demos and several others.

According to his first-degree murder indictment, obtained by The Rochester Voice on Tuesday, Demos "did assault and beat Jarrod Harris with intent to murder him."

Demos was also indicted on an armed career criminal charge in that prior to the alleged killing of Harris, Demos possessed a firearm while having been twice convicted of two incidents involving either crimes of violence or drug incidents. The two such incidents included an armed robbery in May 2009 and assault with a dangerous weapon in March 2016, both in Massachusetts.

He was also charged with carrying a firearm without a license as a result of his Sept. 22 arrest.

Demos pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment on Jan. 15.

Also arrested in the melee was David Landry, 30, of Everett, who was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault and battery and possession of a firearm without a license.

After the shooting, Demos allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle later identified by police as a Volkswagen Passat registered to an individual in New Hampshire known to Demos. Witnesses told police they saw blood being cleaned from the car the day after the shooting.

Demos is currently being held on no bail at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton, a jail spokesman said today. His next court date is March 2 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn for a scheduling conference.

Meanwhile, Karma Lounge operations were curtailed by Everett's licensing commission in October including an earlier midnight closure and the cessation of table bottle service, according to the Everett Independent.

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